Peer Recovery Coach (human Service Worker I)

Fairfax, Virginia
$44,998.93 - $74,998.14 Annually
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 30, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under supervision, provides individual peer support, group peer support, system navigation, and recovery planning, to individuals served by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Services may be provided through the CSB’s Behavioral Health Outpatient Programs (BHOP), including substance use intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and other programs. Collaborates with staff including case managers, therapists, nurses, and psychiatrists. Additional collaboration may occur with other CSB partners and community organizations. The target population served are individuals with a history of opioid or stimulant use, which may include co-occurring mental health challenges. Services locations may be in-person at program sites, virtual on-site and/or tele-working, and in the community.
  • Ability to provide peer support to individuals with a history of substance use challenges
  • Knowledge of peer support best practices
  • Group facilitation skills
  • One-on-one peer support skills
  • Collaboration with clinicians and other behavioral health professionals
  • Knowledge of resources in the community relevant to the population
  • Strong knowledge and background in substance use recovery
  • Ability to use computer programs to create documents, document services, and communicate with others.

This position works in collaboration with the CSB Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Note: This position is funded by the SOR Grant (State Opioid Response), through September 30, 2022. Renewals are possible beyond 2022, but not guaranteed. This position is designed a higher job class than the standard CSB peer support specialist. The successful candidate will have significant experience delivering peer support services related to substance misuse, including opioids and/or stimulants.

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Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
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Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree.


Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement .
  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another state) maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • Virginia or National Peer Support Specialist Certification.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

  • 5+ years personal and/or professional experience with the criminal justice system
  • Degree in human service field

Visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor(s). Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and lift up to 15lbs. Ability to transport clients in a County vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.